Assorted nerdom and geekery
He's such a cheesy character but I really do love the vic fontaine character they've brought into DS9.
You know, I really hope that someday we can become like the version of humanity that's imagined in Star Trek. No poverty, no hunger, people doing their jobs because that's what they want to do, it makes them happy.
Its interesting to note the parallels between today's navy and future navy. and sometimes, the complete disparagement. For instance, Light duty. In today's real world navy, LLD is considered a cop out. It's assumed that yeah, some people need it, but that most people are taking advantage of the system and don't really deserve it. So, doctors hesitate to give it to people who even need it. If you're sick or you want to see a doctor pre-emptively, everyone just assumes you're a malingerer.
but in star trek, it's perfect. LLD is given to people who need it. Fellow enlistedmen don't look at you like you're dirt for seeking the medical treatments you need.
babble babble. Okay, back to sewing.
well, I'm hopeless.
I went to class, went to the u-haul and started setting up my move. Then I came home, promptly crawled into bed and fell asleep watching Deep Space NIne. at like, 4. I woke up at 7:30. I'm a genius.
Made some leaps and bounds on lisa last night. I should be able to get it to a wearable state tonight. I think I have just enough fabric for the skirt.Then tomorrow will be all homework. I still need to finish my flash website and my dynamic database website before I leave on Thursday.
I'm not hungry. I probably should be. Maybe I just had lunch late, since I got home late. Napping doesn't really take much out of me. haha.
Also, the deep space nine baseball episode was pretty funny.
Doctor Bashir: What are you eating?
Chief O'Brien: I'm not eating, I'm chewing.
Doctor Bashir: Chewing what?
Chief O'Brien: Gum. It's traditional. I had the replicator create me some.
Doctor Bashir: They just chewed it?
Chief O'Brien: No, they infused the gum with flavor.
Doctor Bashir: What did you infuse it with?
Chief O'Brien: Scotch.
this is where my speculation gets a little wild
first of all, we all noticed that one of Clara's modern-day charges was reading a book written by Amelia Williams in the bells of Saint John, yes?
I still think that could be a little bit more than just an easter egg for us. Anyway, that little girl on the cover... hmm. She looks kind of familiar...
and did anyone else notice that the crack inflicted on the Tardis window when they landed was still there on the giant graveyard tardis/tomb?
I don't care what people and/or the internet says
I love River Song. so I should probably begin this point with her very words....
I think "Name of the doctor" was them writing her out (for at least a while). Which isn't shocking- we haven't seen her since amy and rory. So I probably shouldn't expect to see her in the anniversary.
I want an updated river timeline. So, River from "name of the doctor" is just a projection from the library, presumably the last the doctor will ever see because of the goodbye. If she's a projection that can be tangible (at least for the doctor), Who knows which other rivers might not have been real. Though, she was wearing her library clothing. Did they change clothing in that episode, the ones saved to the computer? I need to go back and re-watch. Are we going to see projections of river here and there as we go? Or has the doctor been seeing them for the last 5 episodes and we just couldn't? Where in River's timeline did "angels take manhattan" go?
I'm okay with Clara and this impossible girl throughout time thing. For a minute I thought she was literally going to die in the timestream and be a short run companion. It was neat to see all of the old doctors. I like it when they use the old doctors. I can't seem to sit through the old episodes but I know enough about each one to be amused. At first I thought they were implying not only that Clara had been to see each doctor but that she had been his companion before. However, I think I was misunderstanding. She's always called Clara/Oswin or something like that, she always looks the same, so the doctor would have recognized her had he companioned her before. and she went on to say that they usually didn't see her, until eleven (twelve?) The vintage outfits were fun though.
Also, did anyone else catch what looked like Oswin Oswald standing somewhere that looked an awful lot like Gallifrey with Ten ( now eleven? ) off to the side? I wonder if that's foreshadowing for the anniversary.
SO if she's born in each place/time frame and grows up.... and she's on Gallifrey talking to the first doctor when he steals the TARDIS... Does that mean there is a Time Lady version of her in existence, within the timelock?! AND NOW I WANT TO DRESS UP LIKE TIME LADY CLARA. someone on tumblr went one step further and said if there is a time lady clara on gallifrey... Could she even be the doctor's mother?! That might be a little too far fetched for me.
alot of people are speculating about the library somehow linking clara and river, that maybe river only knows the doctor's name because clara knows it. I'm not fond of that theory.
I am, however, fond of this, from tumblr:
remember in the time of angels river was talking about learning how to fly the tardis and the doctor got all smug until she said it was too bad he was busy that day?
and then clara was learning how to fly in 7x10 and
what if river learned how to fly the tardis from clara
So when does River learn his name? or is it that she knows he's out of order, masquerading as the eleventh doctor? She knows something. She knows the secret. Are we going to see her learn it or is this really done for river? Are they writing her out to surprise us with her later? Does she learn it directly from the mysterious John Hurt doctor? Are they implyng that he is the doctor who dealt with the time war and put Gallifrey into the time lock?!
It really is clever, what they've done here. They've taken something we thought that we knew, took so for granted that I never even considered it- and used the loophole.The eleventh doctor isn't the eleventh doctor. He's the twelfth. We never saw 8 regenerate into 9. That must be where the new doctor comes in. 9 is 10. 10 is 11. 11 is 12. John hurt is 9.
What in the world are they doing to do for the anniversary?
yeah, i'm a little tipsy. I had to contact tech support for my webhost. So... I poured myself a drink.
In other news, I can't configure dreamweaver to connect to the mysql server. good news, I can probably get my teacher to help me on thursday, or post in the forums or some shit. bad news, I'm probably a little too tipsy for that after an hour with tech support. I keep flipping letters as I type. But music is REALLY FUN right now.
MY BACKPACK'S GOT JETS
I'M BOBA THE FETT
I BOUNTY HUNT FOR JABBA HUTT
TO FINANCE MY VETTE
I literally gasped and said "oh shit, oh shit" at the end of that one.
Kind of excited for next one, which is good cause I was about to be done with it.
Also, Gambit don't care what no hat said, he ain't in slytherin.
(... You're a thief. Yes you are.)
It makes me a little sad that I don't have some crazy, well developed backstory for at least one of my characters. They've been with me for a long time. We've been on many journeys together. We've killed lots of stuff. but before Skettios woke up in that graveyard free of the scourge, who knows. Before Starbuck found herself standing on the church steps with an urge to wield the light, who knows. Before Psykhe gave into her addiction for magic and revenge and decided to learn the schools of magic, who the eff knows.
Where did my sense of creativity go?
The closest I can think of is that on our private server, I had a horde flagged gnome. Now that, I could have written a backstory about.
I literally screamed. I yelled at the book and furiously flipped the pages like NO! There has to be more! Don't do this to me! NOOOOOOOOOOOO
Let's talk about these books. I picked up the first one, "The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie" when I was staying with my sister in Ephrata. It was good. I liked it a lot. The main character was very charming and the mystery honestly kept me guessing. So I read the rest of them, too. They started going downhill a bit after that first one. They got a little slower and the mysteries got a bit more obvious, though they still had their highpoints. and it seemed, to me, that they were building up for something. I started catching subtle hints. I started wondering if they were really building up to what I thought they were. But I figured we were still a couple of books away, at least.
The fifth one just came out. The fourth left me feeling meh. I decided the fifth would be my last, if the game didn't pick up.
and Oh, did it pick the fuck up!
I would say this one was easily the second, if not the best one so far. It had all of the charm of the first book, the mystery kept me guessing the whole way through and it was dropping tons of delicious tidbits about that "hinted" plot I mentioned. By the time I got to the end, the last two pages, I had to get out a piece of paper and cover the words so I didn't skip ahead. I forced myself to slow down by reading aloud. and then, BAM THERE IT IS MOTHERFUCKER AND THE BOOK IS OVER
I haven't had a book effect me like this since I read The Prince's Tale in Deathly Hallows, six years ago.
Surprisingly, I feel minimally bothered by it. I don't have to shop for anyone, I don't have to worry about impressing anyone. I just have to go to school, do some homework, reinstall my software. Just chill.
My knee twinged a little when I walking clear across campus today but I think I'll definitely be safe to work out again by monday. I may give it a shot tomorrow and take it easy. I really want to go back to working out, simply for the confidence I feel in my body when I'm working out regularly.
I'm looking at hackintoshing my box, which was my original intention. It would certainly be a learning experience, as I've never partitioned a drive or run multiple OS's on a box. Steve recommended unibeast, which requires a set up back at least snow leopard, which I have a legitimate disc for. then I just have to buy the upgrade to whatever big cat they're on and follow the process. I'll still need win 7 for my windows class but it would be nice to have a UI that I'm comfortable with again.
I finally cracked 2k karma. The way karma works now is still pretty mystifying to me, being from the generation where you just got a point for anything you did. 10 points short of a reward? make ten blank private entries. teehee.
seriously, have you ever heard pika girl? so adorable. I want it stepped. for real.
So apparently when you install windows and it says it's going to wipe your drive, it means its going to store all of your old shit in a file where you can't use it and it will take up just as much space. so on a clean install of windows, i was down over 200gigs. wtf? So now I'm deleting that folder. it can't even estimate a time. and I'm like, well, guess you should have thought about that when you decided to store it all in a fucking folder when i told you to get rid of that shit.
but I have internet on my desktop. HUZZAH. I was freaking out all over facebook, unable to control my frustration after three days of troubleshooting, customer service lines and no progress. and then ding, i get a text from connecticut. and Steve the genius boy wonder solves all my problems in less than two hours. I wish I was born with a fucking brain like that. I should have had his children, simply because they would have been geniuses.
league of legends, which started this problem, decided it was too cool to uninstall and it's the only thing on my clean install. I don't like that at all. but I'm too terrified it'll happen again to uninstall it. ugh.
I really want to start reinstalling things but this stupid folder is gonna take all night to delete.
Let's see, what other news might I have. Alle got the job at the hospital. My dad says he's in love with his girlfriend and wants to have sex with her. Brittany is doing well with her internship. Osca is a dog. Squeaker fell off my dresser today in a frenzied attempt to reach her dinner. Alex has started hiding inside of the couch when i let him explore. I bought grapes. I'm reading Arthas. I deleted Kyle's phone number out of my phone today. Then I put it back. Now I'm going to delete it again. It's a futile thing to do when I know it by heart but I don't know what else to do. I obviously can't handle it. My knee has stopped feeling tweaked. I'm working a prom on saturday, how weird is that. Cal gets married on friday.
I wish i could be more excited for him.
I was in the shower just now and my train of thought led me to two places- Underwear and video games.
Let's start with the shorter of the two- underwear.
I think that I'm going to take this opportunity to re-vamp my selection of undergarments. A lot of them are left over from when I was skinnier and don't fit right. They make me feel self conscious, even thought no one can see them. But i always felt like I couldn't get rid of them because Kyle liked them.
I don't need fancy underwear to be sexy. I am sexy. I am the key part in this equation, not my underwear. I will be sexy in whatever kind of underwear I choose to place on my body.
not to mention I'm fucking sick of having to handwash all of these lacy girly things. I am not that kind of girl.
Let's talk about the term "Gamer". I say it and it just rubs me the wrong way, especially with all the "controversy" over female/fake gamers and geeks.
I remember the first time someone called me a gamer. It was a label I did not consider applicable to myself. I had friends who were gamers. I was not a gamer. I was talking to my friend Shane, in Florida. He called me a gamer. I said I was not a gamer. He looked at me strangely. then a 30-40 minute argument ensued, in which he laid out my current gaming habits and then asked questions about my childhood gaming habits. Once it was all right there in front of me, I couldn't really deny it. He stamped the label on me. There it was. I was a gamer. He was just so matter of fact about it.
At least two of my recent boyfriends have sought to revoke that "title" from me. Now, I know it's not something that can be revoked. I don't have to justify anything to anyone. But it seems like anyone who doesn't understand the way I like to play games is very keen to accuse me of faking. and jeezus, it's not a title I wanted to begin with.
I can quest and rep farm in WoW until I'm blue in the face and haven't slept for two days. but that was never good enough for Kyle. If I wasn't raiding end game, I wasn't playing the game in his mind. Because end game is all there is for him, he can't possibly imagine what I'm doing all that time. Uh, reading quest text and murdering things? Taking advantage of the RPG part of MMORPG?
Steve couldn't stand that I was horrible at modern consoles. We didn't have a single retro console in the house and I didn't want to play anything on the ps3 or 360. I could play wii until the sun came up. I would buy old games off the market, play old 64 and snes games. but because it wasn't new or shiny, it seemed like it didn't count. And it felt like he scrutinized me. He would sit there and watch me play and watch me die over and over. I die a lot. he would criticize me or laugh at me. eventually it made me feel like I was wasting his time by playing games in his presence. So when he was around, I let him play the games. I felt like he was better and therefore deserved to play games and I should take a backseat.
I feel like I'm barely starting to undo the damage of feeling unworthy with games. Everyone else has always been better at them than I am. I know that, I accept that. I would get better if I played more. but It never came easy. and it never will. Baby steps. I actually went and bought Beyond Good and Evil from gamestop yesterday, since the digital copy i was playing is now gone with Kyle's ps3. I actually want to play it. and I feel like I can happily play it without being scrutinized, being by myself.
also, rhythm games are games too, fuckers. The next time someone accuses me of being fake or criticizes my play habits, I will drag the fucking metal pad out from under my bed and there was will be a showdown.
So, there's pretty big news for Tron fans: http://io9.com/5966247/tron-3-is-officially-online-again
Which makes me squeal like a little girl! Fascinated and delighted by this news, I journeyed around the internet search for more information. I didn't find anything new but I did find something old, that I missed.
Apparently there were a lot of easter eggs on the Tron: Legacy blu-ray release. I don't own it, so I don't know first hand. I had Kyle go and find me something called "Tron: The next day" and it had a lot of the easter eggs built into it. I've watched it twice. There's a lot to take in. It's a little repetetive and just keeps going every time you think it's over. but there's some very intriguing things, buried in there.
Namely, this conversation:
I was flipping shits when they came up. Kyle was sitting there like, what, I don't get it and I was like OMG IT'S THE FRAKKING MCP, THE MOST EVIL OF EVIL COMPUTER PROGRAMS EVAR NOOOOOOOOOO.
Cal and I were just theory crafting about this. First of all, if you were paying any attention to T:L you would know that Cillian Murphy (A talented Irish actor, best known for 28 days later, Batman Begins and Inception) had a bit part as Dillinger Jr. that went completely uncredited.
Why would a big name actor like that play a bit part, uncredited? It's gotta be because they had big plans for bringing back the Dillingers in future movies and he wanted in on the ground level. Or, maybe Disney already had Tron 3 in the works that far back and made him agree to the cameo as part of a contract. Either way, Cillian Murphy doesn't just make cameos, according to Bruce Boxleitner.
Now to the plot driven stuff. THE FUCKING MCP. WHAT. So, We know that Dillinger Sr. had a hand in two programs in the original movie- He modded MCP which was originally a chess game and he wrote SARK who controlled the games and served MCP. MCP had a big ugly face, SARK looked like Dillinger Sr. MCP got de-rezzed and deleted in the end. Dillinger went to jail. So how can MCP be back?
Well, MCP was an evolving program that got out of even Dillinger Sr.'s control. It was de-rezzed and deleted but it was very advanced. I have to imagine it made a back up somewhere. Or maybe dillinger sr. even made the backup, himself. So, Let's rewind to 1982. Assume Dillinger Jr. is born before the events of the first movie. His dad gets sent to prison for at least 5 years. Who knows if Sr. ever gets the opportunity to come back into his kid's life, after being put away and probably divorced. He was old, maybe he even dies. So, the kid grows up feeling abandoned and disconnected. He starts to show an aptitude for computers and his mother actively encourages it. Maybe he's got lots of his dad's computer shit lying around. Maybe he doesn't, and he finds one small tucked away item. Either way, maybe he finds a back up of the mcp. He starts tinkering with the code and it ends up as a mash up of him and his father. It's digitized avatar could be a mashup too- It looks like his father, like him, like a giant fucking floaty face. BUT if it looks like his father- Jr. gets attached. MCP starts to guide him and help into the computer world. Helps him become a young computer genius all while plotting in the background to take over the world. Because it's a back-up, it has no idea that this plan has already happened and failed once. but MCP has something he didn't before- Jr. and through Jr., access to more modern technology, eventually. If Jr. is still keeping this program around in 2009, who knows how it has evolved or what they are planning.
Another idea- Is his father still in prison? Who knows. He was insider trading on wall street, ripping of programs from god knows how many other developers in ENCOM and selling them. That's a lot of stealing and copyright infringement. If he's still in prison... Prison systems have adopted modern technology. Inmates can now use computers. and I highly doubt that a prison system computer can handle the coding prowess of Dillinger Sr.
So a good question is, is that clip of Jr. talking to Sr., or of Jr. talking to the MCP itself? I happen to think it's the MCP himself, because of the "End of line".
An interesting parallel would be between Sam and Jr. They could be reflections of each other, really. Both of their fathers are involved in the same fiasco. Both of their fathers disappear. They get raised by surrogate parents, perhaps. Both have an aptitude for computers. Probably a wild side and abandonment issues. Maybe sam is the light side of the coin and Jr. is the dark side.
and speaking of Sam... Who is Sam?
In "The next day", we see a lot of clips more than once. We see them from multiple perspectives or we see a short version, and later the longer one. The craziest one IMO posits that Sam... doesn't exist. Or, didn't exist at the time of Kevin Flynn's disappearance in 1989. We see a reel-reel player being fast forwarded and played by anonymous hands, probably RAM/ZackAttack. We've already heard this conversation once and it was a little shady but could be nothing. Then, we hear it again and realize the first one has been edited. It's a conversation between Alan and the ENCOM board. The board is panicked because Flynn is missing the Shareholders are freaking out. Alan says he will step up as ECOM interim CEO but that he's only doing it for Sam. Sam? Don't forget who the biggest shareholder will be if Kevin Flynn is gone.
In the second version, Alan says he will step up as ECOM interim CEO but that he's only doing it for Sam. There's silence across the line and the ENCOM voice straight up asks, in a complete sentence,"Who is Sam?" and it cuts off.
WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU MEAN WHO IS SAM HE'S FLYNN'S SON
Or is he?
When Tron legacy came out, they imagined up a son for Kevin flynn and wrote a plot around him. Who's his mom? Oh, this woman we've never met who died. Right. So, you made up a cheap plot point to sell another movie. Gotcha.
But what if they didn't? What if this has been part of a bigger plan all along? Sam didn't exist. Someone else made him up. Is Sam even human? Is he a next step in evolution? Flynn seems to know he is, and Alan. but no one else? No one at ENCOM knew he had a kid? Did Sam come from the Grid? Is he the next step beyond ISO? Is his mother really a program and that Flynn found on the grid? Is sam only half human, explaining his computer abilities? Could Dillinger Jr. be one too?
and then there's something slightly upsetting. I got the feeling from the video that Alan.... is shady. Like, maybe he's secretly evil. and I don't like that. He's Alan. He's Tron. He's the security program. He can't be evil. But we have to stop and remember than Alan is human and isn't the same person as Tron, even if he wrote Tron and that's where Tron gets his digitized form from. Alan could be evil. and if Alan is evil, I think that could easily tie into the "Who is sam?" plotline. What if Sam was created by Alan or found by Alan. I don't know how how, but maybe he re-wrote Flynn's memories. Maybe he knew about the secret office at the arcade and waited until Flynn went in, and then starting modifying code discreetly. Maybe he corrupted CLU and trapped Kevin Flynn.
EDIT: I just presented these ideas to Cal for more development and he brought up a really good point for Alan being evil. In the first movie, Alan and Flynn barely got a long. Flynn used to bang Alan's girlfriend, it seemed like she wanted to be with Flynn. And Alan was always happy go lucky. It really made you think, wow, what a nice level headed guy. What if this was the start- The needle on the haystack of his hatred for Flynn. He's married to that girl now. What if trapping Flynn in the grid was a way to ensure he got the company AND the girl?
We also discussed the possibility that Sam is half human, half evolved program. or that he's a splintered piece of Flynn or a back-up, from the grid. Then, he would still have the necessary humanity and DNA to prove he's related in the real world, giving him credibility.
I'm really into the idea that if a human is digitized into the grid, Why wouldn't you be able to pause the program, re-write some code and reboot? The grid wouldn't know.
ALSO what if Dillinger Jr. is also half program? What if Dad carries a double meaning, in that conversation? It would be weird for a real person to end a sentence with "end of line" but not a program. Maybe Dillinger Jr. is half program too, having been fathered in some way by MCP.
Which really sets Sam and Jr. up as equals for AN EPIC BATTLE OF EPIC PROPORTIONS.
so last night while I was writing up my last entry, Kyle had a brilliant idea.
Dishonored cocktails, in little steampunk test tubes.
So we made it happen. We mixed, tasted, threw out, remixed drinks over and over. Then we taped, painted, mixed, poured, photographed and edited into the night.
The last thing left to do is to write up the description and submit it to drunken moogle and see what they say.
The drinks are made with (legal) moonshine. Is there a liqour more steampunk than moonshine, cooked up with steam in a giant copper still? I think not.
Now that I've lured you here under false pretenses, tomorrow is Kyle's Meloversary! Make sure you go wish him a happy melo day.
and now, back to the subject. The pretense wasn't false, i am indeed going to babble on about the drunken moogle. If you've never been, you must go now: The Drunken Moogle. and while you're there, check out the drink that I made and submitted:
First of all, it appears my paopu fruit was well received. I didn't think the drink was ready yet but my roomies did so I sent it in.
either way, i want to come up with another. I've been tossing around ideas in my head for a few days. some things are starting to coalesce.
Sea Salt Ice cream, Kingdom hearts 2
the idea here is to take sea salt ice cream and make it into a delicious alcoholic milkshake like I used to do with jager. jager obviously won't work here. I'll have to run out and find some sea salt ice cream though, as i've never had it. A friend described it to me as sweet and creamy, with bits of salt scattered in it. It will either end up a milkshake made with sea salt ice cream, or perhaps a cream based drink involving an irish cream.
the other ideas are still a few stages back, development wise. We make a drink in my house called "The Captain's bawls" with BAWLS energy drinks and Captain Morgan's parrot bay coconut rum. I want to find a way to get banana into this and then make it Captain K. Rool's Bawls, from Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's quest. I was also thinking a fun idea from DKC would be a Kannonball. It could be a banana or tropical flavored drink that you drop something into, or a bomb type shot where you drop in a black colored shot.
I've also been thinking about Pacman. We bought a mason jar of moonshine with moonshine cherries in it. Cherries make me think of pacman. I keep imagining a layered drink, blue and black, possibly salted for the little white dots, with the moonshine cherries on top.
omg i just had a fucking brilliant idea
So, I've decided to undertake this as a fun project. I figured there must be a how to tutorial out there somewhere. The damn song was so popular when it came out, people had to have been dancing it in skits.
Nope. There's lots of skits but none with the actual dance in them, just vaguely similar enough to excite a con audience. Dammit.
I watched it on full speed a couple of times. Tried to go along with it. Nope.
I honest to god tried to buy the video, but apparently the only place that sells it is iTunes. Which doesn't have a speed control, as far as I know. So I ripped it from youtube, popped it into VLC and put it in slow mo. Better. Much better. but the clips are still far and few from a whole dance. I found a fan video where someone had useless inserted their own audio to it and " added in more of the hot chicks in the background". Meaning, they did the hard work for me. They gathered up all of the dancing scenes and cut them together. For all the wrong reasons but I'll take it. I ripped that one too.
Time to start counting beats and giving motions funny names in my head. I am by no means a dancer and I'm barely coordinated. I get the feeling this is going to be an uphill battle.
but i've discovered that googling key phrases and melodramatic.com helps me find old entries faster. like, it makes it unreasonably easy. and I don't even have to know what journal I posted it on.
Also I've been listening to "date my avatar" a lot lately. I re-watched the video too. It makes me wish I had female friends so that we could learn the dance together and then like, do it in a skit or something.
I am officially in love with BBC America. I mean really, what is there not to love?
So, Supernatural Saturday. It's the only thing I watch on Saturdays now. I've never watched hex or Bedlam but I'm seriously considering both. Any opinions on them?
and then, of course, I said Battlestar Galactica (which is also part of supernatural saturdays, btw). In an effort to stay off the internet before school, I watched about twenty minutes of TV this morning. the Battlestar Galactica miniseries was on. It was right at the point on Ragnar station where the bombs fall and blow up. That scene always makes me happy. I love looking at that case of futuristic bombs and wondering which one is mine, which one of those is the one that now resides on my bedroom shelf.
So I was naturally listening to Bear McCreary and BSG soundtrack on my way into school this morning. It brought to mind that really awesome fan made compilation video that I used to have ripped onto my ipod. Let's see if I can get it to embed, for your viewing pleasure....
If that didn't work, here's the straight up link: What The Frak? A Battlestar Galactica Tribute
I love love love this video. It runs the whole gamut of the show, hits all the high points, overlays poignant moments with fitting lyrics. It ties in the song-related moments from the show and Kara playing on the piano. I could watch it everyday.
Also, my emotions are calmer today. I settled into a quiet dissapointment sometime before class last night. I feel a lot better this morning but hormones are still doing crazy things. I almost cried when the scene came on where Boomer and Chief kiss and hug in the pway. Yeah, definitely still the hormones.
Also, I'm sure I've said this a million times, but the whole "Starbuck is an angel" thing still isn't sitting well with me. Three years later, and it's still not sitting well with me. It just feels like such a cop out. There were so many awesome and radical theories floating around that they could have plucked from the fans and they gave up and went with well, I guess she's an angel.
I choose to believe that the number 7 model cylon, the Daniel, is actually Drelide Thrace, Kara's father. Mama Cylon said that the Daniel was creative and sensitive, an artist. I think a pianist could be an artist. Kara is an artist. All of the 7 copies were contaminated, but what happened to the original? Anders says he died but Anders isn't all there. Or maybe Daniel wanted them to think he was dead so that he could escape to earth and blend in with the humans. Then he left his family before they could realize that he wasn't growing old.
Kara is the original half cylon and that's why she's the messenger, the envoy, whatever you want to call it. That's why she's plugged into everything like Athena. I do think that a god would have to be involved in her resurrection, since there's no copies of her laying around for resurrection. So I guess I can go with the angel thing to a point- but she deserved a better finish, a deeper back story than what they gave her. I'm only willing to accept that she was a drinking, smoking unorthodox angel who disappears in the end if they do her back story some justice.
Okay, I'll step down off the soap box. I'll go wander the internet in search of theory craft instead. Exam today, wish me luck.
hah. apparently RDM addressed this in podcast. He calls it "The Cult of Daniel" and debunked all of the Daniel and Starbuck theories before the final episodes even aired.
Guess what? I still don't give a frak. Tell me that that wouldn't have been a better back story for Kara.
Look, I won't lie. I love lore. I'm one of those obsessive fact freaks. I love to theorycraft. This applies to WoW, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, all the way back to Sailor Moon. In order to theory craft, you have to have a good basic knowledge of the background, the facts, the history.
A girl tried to feed me half baked theories about Rory being the Master. Now, that's an interesting theory I haven't heard before. I'd like to theory craft the shit out of that.
but then all of her evidence was... well, it wasn't really evidence at all. Sad face.
I think there's more to know about Rory. and Amy's house.
AND Madame Kovarian. Let's talk about Madame Kovarian. Pleeeeassse someone talk with me about Madame Kovarian.
a couple of years ago, i attended a women in the industry panel at comicon. They talked about a lot of things but one thing stuck with me. They were talking about how people view women's sexuality, and how women's sexuality can and should be portrayed more tastefully because it exists and it deserves to be respected instead of treated like a man's toy or fascination. They went on then to talk about how confused girls become with what's sexy, what's appropriate, and what's appropriately sexy based on what's fed to them by the media. eventually leading to male ideas of what's sexy being absorbed by women and then claimed as their own.
The example given was pole dancing/stripping. Stripping starts out as a way to entertain and please men, becomes (if it didn't start as) degrading towards women all for sake of man's pleasure, it's portrayed through the media as sexy, women watch this and take in the message that its supposed to sexy and their men will like it, so they want to engage in it. however, they don't want to be degraded at a strip club by real men so they "claim" the idea by start up stripping exercise classes, make stripper dance tapes for working out to. So that they can feel sexy while they are working out. the end logic turning out that we as women are nothing more than objects to please men, and that we should always always always be sexy, even when we're working out. The logical thought that you shouldn't have to feel sexy while working out, you should be busting your ass working out, never appears. This ideas get so deeply embedded that we don't even see the process behind them, we just accept them and think that they are our own genius ideas.
I was reading more feminist articles this morning. I guess a destructoid writer got drunk and publicly insulted Felicia Day on twitter this weekend, effectively shooting himself in the foot and got fired for it. I am loving that he got fired. It's a small step for gamer-woman kind that destructoid cared enough to do something about it instead of just writing it off like Penny Arcade does. It doesn't do anything on the lowest level, for the girl being accosted by men for daring to play a shooter, but hopefully we'll get the effects of higher ups caring, trickling all the way down. I love Will Wheaton's response to the tweets-
"To be clear: Felicia is my friend, so this is personal for me. But it's also about men being shitty to successful women, especially gamers."
I'm not even going to pretend that I'm calm right now
It's only surfacing because I had a large white russian but i want you to know this issue constantly lies under the surface, pissing me off. I could link a million articles and it would never explain the depth of the situation. We can act blind or say it's not happening and ignore it. but as women, we have to change it. devolving into sexism and racism (!!!) is not okay.
okay im done for now
I don't usually like the word dank. At all. Not even the tiniest bit.
BUT I used it today.
The latest stepfile from DDR Encore is... Sweet? Sick? Dank? Filthy? Whatever. I like it. It's Skrillex. And the graphics for the file are MINE! Haha.
my girl crushes are making out... with eachother. and seth green. and wielding sexy thigh holsters.
FUCKING HOT. I can not wait to see this movie.
In case you don't know, that's Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck from BSG) and Michelle Trachtenberg (Harriet the spy, all grown up).
Jun 14 1986